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About the RN to BSN Nursing Program

General Overview

The RN to BSN program is a post-licensure Baccalaureate program designed to enhance the knowledge of a Registered Nurse. The program is built to serve the workforce needs of the community and align with the current mission of Grayson College.  It aims to prepare the graduate to advance his/her career in professional nursing in a variety of health related settings.  A central focus of the program is on the continued development of an RN as a member of the profession, provider of patient-centered care, patient safety advocate, and member of the healthcare team. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Grayson College RN to BSN Nursing program is to prepare graduates to advance his/her career in professional nursing in a variety of health related settings.


The Nursing Faculty supports the vision, philosophy, and mission of Grayson College.  The Faculty believes that the community college provides an optimal setting for nursing education.  The College provides an atmosphere in which nursing education is complemented through the study of other disciplines.

The Faculty ascribes to the following beliefs:

  • Nursing is a profession that uses a comprehensive approach in assisting patients across the lifespan to achieve and maintain optimal health.
  • Health and illness are relative states reflecting how patients perceive their ability to function and interact with their environment.  The environment refers to all the internal and external factors affecting the patient and the nurse.  The patient’s state of health fluctuates on a continuum.
  • The patient is the recipient of nursing care and includes individuals and families who may receive nursing care in institutional or community-based settings.  Although patients share common needs, each may experience unique responses.  Patients may have multiple complex needs with either predictable or unpredictable outcomes.

The registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science degree fulfills the overlapping roles of Member of the Profession, Provider of Patient-Centered Care, Patient Safety Advocate, and Member of the Health Care Team.  Within these roles, the registered nurse utilizes assessment and analytical skills to synthesize information, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care.  The registered nurse prepared at the Bachelor’s degree level functions as a professional in both autonomous and collaborative practice.

Nursing education is a continuous learning process empowering students to grow his/her knowledge base.  The faculty plan and facilitate learning experiences which promote the application and integration of concept-theoretical knowledge necessary to achieve the program outcomes, while utilizing research principles and evidence-based practice.

Major concepts integrated throughout the program of learning include:  professionalism, personal accountability, advocacy, clinical decision making, patient teaching, caring approach, skill competency, resource management, safety, risk reduction, communication, coordination, and collaboration.  Knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to research, theoretical frameworks, management and leadership principles, and the care of special populations such the geriatric patient and community health will also be cultivated.  The program of study prepares graduates to demonstrate the essential competencies of graduates of Bachelor’s Nursing Education Programs as defined by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Opportunities are provided for individualized instruction, evaluation, guidance, and academic counseling, but the student is ultimately responsible for meeting learning outcomes and establishing a plan for lifelong learning as a professional.

End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Member of the Profession:

  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability in the quality of care for patients, families, populations and communities.
  • Promote the profession of nursing through advocacy and leadership activities.

Provider of Patient-Centered Care

  • Incorporate theoretical knowledge and evidence-based research findings in the coordination of comprehensive care for patients, families, populations, and communities.
  • Synthesize knowledge from comprehensive health assessment data and evidence-based research to provide care for culturally, ethnically, spiritually, and socially diverse patients, families, populations, and communities.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate teaching plans for patients, families, populations, and communities to address health maintenance, health promotion, and risk reduction.
  • Utilize clinical reasoning, knowledge, evidence-based practice, theoretical foundations, and research findings as basis for decision-making and comprehensive patient care.

Patient Safety Advocate

  • Develop goals and outcomes utilizing theoretical knowledge and analysis, research, and evidence-based data to reduce patient and community risks.
  • Develop and implement measures to promote a quality and safe environment for patients, self, families, communities, and populations.

Member of the Healthcare Team

  • Utilize leadership and management principles to assign and/or delegate nursing tasks to other members of the healthcare team in relationship to patient and organizational need.
  • Integrate referral needs, cost considerations, confidentiality, efficiency of care, and continuum of care in a timely manner as it relates to patients, families, communities, populations, and the healthcare organization. 

Admission Requirements:

Requirements for admission to the RN to BSN program are as follows:

1) Completion of program application and submission of all college transcripts

2) Graduate of a nationally accredited nursing program or Texas BON approved programs. 

3) Cumulative college GPA of 2.5

4) Proof of Licensure as a Registered Nurse (unencumbered)

The Baccalaureate Nursing Program at Grayson College at the Main Campus located in Denison, Texas is accredited by the: 

 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400

Atlanta, GA 30326


The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Baccaulaureate Nursing Program is Initial Accreditation

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at


The RN to BSN Program at Grayson College is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON):

Texas Board of Nursing

333 Guadalupe #3-460

Austin, Texas  78701

Phone:  512.305.7400

Fax:  512.305.7401